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It was a long process, but I realized I was sick and tired of hating myself and doing terrible things to myself to fit into a smaller body. One of the healthy steps I started taking was following various body positive hashtags on IG to inundate myself with body positive images and I learned a lot about the body positive movement. I realized that I missed working out, so I literally just started googling “body positive” and “trainer” and found my way to the Superfit Hero Body Positive Fitness Finder and found Wendy. I met with her and within 30 seconds of talking to her, I knew I wanted to work with her.
I love yoga, lifting heavy weights, and bashing things at the gym. Finding joyful movement has changed my life, and by “joyful movement” I mean, working out to feel better and stronger – not with the sole purpose to lose weight. Now I’m just focused on the workout and I’m learning about what I actually enjoy doing vs. what I think will burn the most calories. I still enjoy a good walk/run interval, and I love going to the gym, but I’m more open to new things. I feel stronger and healthier and more optimistic about my life and my future. I think about what I could do 6 months ago vs. what I can do now, and I’m excited to think about what I might be able to do 6 months from now. I’m just so much more hopeful about the years to come than I used to be.
It means appreciating what my body can do, and focusing on that rather than obsessing over what my body looks like. I’m working on that, and I struggle a lot with it, but hey, it’s a process, right? I think Body Neutrality is pretty wonderful too. It’s like, hey… I have legs, I have arms, I have feet, I have hands, I have a body…and that’s a good start.
I really wanted to say “Quick-witted and big-titted” or “smartassery” here but I’ll say my sharp humor and ability to snuggle multiple pups in a single bound!
Jessica Rihal is a plus-sized yoga instructor and advocate of fitness and wellness for all bodies. Jessica is a FireFit, size 3XL.